Lonesome Ace Stringband’s new album Try To Make It Fly marks not only a reinvigorated, live-on-stage sound for the band, but also a brave foray into more Americana-leaning songwriting, and for the first time, an album full of original songs. With Try To Make It Fly, the acoustic power trio of John Showman (fiddle), Chris Coole (clawhammer banjo), and Max Malone (upright bass) use their already-beloved chemistry and musicianship to steer their ship into a whole new, unexplored musical world. “It felt like a place where we could be ourselves as writers and craft music that would fit the genre regardless of what we found ourselves writing about lyrically,” says Showman.
Fans can now stream or purchase Try To Make It Fly by following this link and make sure to check out the band’s music videos for album tracks “The Echo,” “Praying For Rain,” and “Smoke On The Shoulder” at their respective links. Lonesome Ace Stringband are back on the road next week with a run of dates through the Northeast and Midwest States before their tour takes them across the entirety of their home country of Canada. Tour dates can be found below or at lonesomeace.com/shows.
Try To Make It Fly Tracklist:
Praying For Rain
You’ll Be There
First Frost/Blue Grouse
Come With Me Tonight
Simply Going Sideways
Crossing The Junction/Deer River
Smoke On The Shoulder
Lonesome Ace Number 1
Catch Lonesome Ace Stringband On Tour:
Oct. 18 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
Oct. 19 - Exeter, NH - The Wood Barn
Oct. 20 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Caffe Lena
Oct. 21 - Brownfield, ME - Stone Mountain Arts Center
Oct. 22 - Greenfield, MA - Hawks & Reed
Oct. 23 - New York, NY - City Vineyard at Pier 26
Oct. 26 - Oberlin, OH - Music at Riverdog
Oct. 28 - Manitowoc, WI - Sabbatical Brewing Co.
Oct. 29 - Holland, MI - Park Theatre
Oct. 30 - Ann Arbour, MI - The Ark
Nov. 1 - Toronto, ON - The Tranzac Club
Nov. 22 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society
Nov. 23 - Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment
Nov. 24 - Red Deer, AB - The Velvet Olive
Nov. 25 - Calgary, AB - Foothills Bluegrass Circle Music Society
Nov. 27 - Missoula, MT - Longstaff House
Nov. 29 - Sisters, OR - The Belfry
Dec. 1 - Portland, OR - McMenamins White Eagle Saloon & Hotel
Dec. 2 - Seattle, WA - Ballard Homestead
Dec. 3 - Victoria, BC - Victoria Event Centre
Dec. 4 - Vancouver, BC - The Anza Club
Dec. 5 - Oliver, BC - The Oliver Theatre
More About Lonesome Ace Stringband:
Masters of their trade, The Lonesome Ace Stringband bring grit, skill and abandon to Americana music, bridging old-time, bluegrass and folk traditions into a seamless hybrid of original material that is at once fresh and timeless. Instrumentation alone sets this Toronto-based trio’s sound apart: consisting simply of fiddle (John Showman), clawhammer banjo (Chris Coole), and upright bass (Max Malone). The spine-tingling harmonies and interchanging lead vocals only bring more magic to the equation. They’ve become festival favorites at Rockygrass, Celtic Connections, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Merlefest, and regularly tour the USA, UK, Germany, and, of course, Canada.
With more than a decade of group music-making under their belts, they’re releasing their fifth album, a feisty and mighty collection of all-original material titled Try To Make It Fly on October 13, 2023. Call Lonesome Ace Stringband whatever genre you want - they are just unorthodox enough to be brilliant.